It also has a positive benefit. I have never been on a diet. I wear what I want, even though people have commented on it, it doesn't bother me. I don't spend much time looking in the mirror, and I'm just as comfortable going for a swim with the grandkids as I am going to the pictures. Since I am very fair, I have learned the hard way about covering up, because I had two basal cell carcinomas removed from my face, and I was a bit self conscious about having stitches in my face, so i guess I am like most people in that way.
But my weight has gone up and down from too thin to obese over the years due to medication, depression, or other health conditions and I still take photos with my family. I make the same comments as most people such as "Gee I'm a bit fat - should do something about that", but I have never been on a diet in my life, I don't have weight goals or targets - and I found out that is quite rare.
Honestly, there have been a couple of times that people have said quite unkind things to jerk me out of this way of thinking, and sadly it has mostly been from women. Here is one such example:
Last year, I volunteered for a research project that someone was conducting in my home state. I quite often do that, as I find the interview questions interesting. This was about an object, I won't discuss the details too much as I may give away the researcher. Anyway, I answered the interview questions, and the researcher began to take my photo with the object. It seems straight forward - look up now, smile, turn this way or that. But after a few shots I knew things weren't going well. I can sometimes be quite awkward and the photographer wasn't making it any easier, making me perch on the edge of a stool, turn my head forward and my body side on. I was getting very uncomfortable, while being told to "relax".
Then, when I was ready to give up, came the words, " I know it may be a bit uncomfortable to sit like that, but as a photographer I know tricks to make you look slimmer". Look - that may not have been the actual words, but I was basically being told I was fat. I know this person has conducted feminist research in the past, so it astounded me. If I was uncomfortable before, now I was also self- conscious. The photo shoot was hot and I was very distracted, I just wanted to leave. As soon as I left, I ran out and I just wanted to cry. I had thought it was going to be a fun exercise but it turned out to be horrible.
Taryn’s before-and-after image (2013) has been seen
by over 100 million people worldwide
Your body. Create global change.
When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
At home in Adelaide, Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three. But internationally, she is a highly recognised body image activist whose powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide via traditional and social media. After receiving more than 7000 emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realised that there was a global body-hating epidemic and felt compelled to find answers.
EMBRACE is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.
After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging - but above all, life changing.
“A powerful, and important film. Beautifully executed and just so so imperative for girls and women everywhere.”
- RICKI LAKE
Sydney Film Festival, 12 June 2016
Transmission Films – Australia & New Zealand
Gathr Theatrical on Demand – North Amercia
Running time (US): 90 min
Shooting format: HD
Production completed: April 2016
Produced Southern Light Alliance, and the Body Image Movement
Financed with the assistance of
Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation
Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Austria
and Dominican Republic
From Director Taryn Brumfitt:
The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views. We have also had support and from Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, philanthropists, businesses, celebrities and thought leaders.
The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after I posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked a media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.”
South Australian Film Corporation
In association with
Southern Light Alliance
Body Image Movement
In association with
Written and directed by
Lindi Harrison ASE
Director of Photography
Composer - Benjamin Speed
Songs by - Jude Perl and Dallas Frasca
Post Production Supervisor
(in order of appearance)
Professor Marika Tiggemann
Dr Fardad Forouzanpour
Amanda De Cadenet
Melinda Tankard Reist
Dr Linda Bacon
B. Jeffrey Madoff
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